Wonder Boys, Muleriders Split Twin Bill

Game One: Arkansas Tech 10, SAU 9 Patrick Castleberry went 2-for-4 with a home run and four runs batted in to lead Arkansas Tech to a 10-9 victory over Southern Arkansas in game one on Saturday. Castleberry started the job with a two-run home run to give the Wonder Boys a 2-0 lead in the first inning. Then, with Tech trailing 9-8, Castleberry finished the job with a two-run double in the bottom of the eighth that provided the Wonder Boys with their final margin of victory. Ryan Vruggink came out of the Arkansas Tech bullpen and made that one-run advantage stand up in the top of the ninth. He pitched around a single and a walk by inducing a game-ending double play for his second save of the season. Bryson Morris (1-2) earned the win on the mound by pitching one and one-third innings of flawless relief, retiring all four batters that he faced. Collin O’Neil was 4-for-4 with two RBIs for the Wonder Boys, while Cole Fergus was 2-for-5 with a home run and two RBIs. Kris Ayers (3-for-5, RBI), Keenan Jumper (2-for-4, RBI) and Bryan Heward (2-for-5) also had multiple base hits as part of Arkansas Tech’s 16-hit attack. SAU relief pitcher Travis Johnson (2-3) was saddled with the loss. He surrendered two runs on four hits in one and two-thirds innings. Chris Quinn and Byron Reichstein were both 3-for-5 with a home run and three RBIs for the Muleriders. Game Two: SAU 18, Arkansas Tech 6 Southern Arkansas got off to a quick start and rolled to an 18-6 victory in the rubber match of its three-game series with Arkansas Tech on Saturday. The Muleriders scored four runs in the first inning and Billy Germaine added a grand slam in the second inning to give them an 8-0 lead. Germaine finished the game 2-for-4 with six RBIs. Carver Rademacher was 1-for-4 with a home run and four RBIs and Trevor Rucker was 2-for-4 with a home run and three RBIs for Southern Arkansas. Yumezo Densaki (2-1) started and pitched six innings for the Muleriders. He allowed six runs, four of which were earned, on six innings. Arkansas Tech starting pitcher Josh Ryan (2-1) was charged with six runs, three of which were earned, on three hits in one and one-third innings.]]>